Getting Ready to Paint: Spray Booth 101

Getting Ready to Paint: Spray Booth 101

Hello again everyone. As I have mentioned in my previous articles, I would like to take you along the journey I usually take when I build a kit. From the assembly, modding, priming, painting and finishing stages.

That being said, in order to properly prime and paint, you have to take into consideration health issues as some of the stuff we use in the hobby can be harmful with extended exposure. This is where a spray booth comes into play.

This article will cover the basic principles that you should follow when you decide to build your own spray booth.

Some of you might ask “why would I want to build a spray booth if I can just buy one?” There is no right or wrong answer here. If you’d prefer to buy a spray booth, then by all means do so. My reasoning was the following: I do not like being on hiatus during the winter months, therefore I need a spray booth. I am slowly getting all the equipment I need for my airbrushing so I should save money whenever I can. I was shopping around and spray booths easily range from 50$ to 200$. On top of it all they were not necessarily built the way I wanted them to be and with a room at my disposal, I wanted to maximize my space. Also being a tall person, I’d rather have something custom, where I will be comfortable then what is usually found on the market.

As you can see here, my spray booth consists of two main elements. The bottom part, the desk and the top part, the box which has a light and the exhaust fan inside it. The measurements of the desk were based off my computer desk and for the box I made sure that width wise I would not use everything to have some storage space on the right side. You do not want the box to be too big as you want to make sure all the fumes that get contained inside get expelled out and at the same time you don’t want it to be too small as you don’t want them to spill out.

This is a bathroom fan I purchased at Reno Depot. I bought a plywood sheet in which I made an opening for said fan and I nailed the whole thing to the back of the box previously mentioned.

Important Tip!

As you can see here, I am not using a filter over my fan. This is very very very important. Always use a filter over your fan. As you can see, my fan is dirty. That is an accumulation of paint, primer, fumes etc. The reason why I cannot stress this enough is because when the fan spins it might create sparks. If that were to happen while you are spraying your parts with primer, which is flammable, you might end up injuring yourself. I am playing with fire, literally. So please, if you are building your own spray booth, invest in a filter too. They are not expensive.

Here you have the exit for the fumes to go out through a window which I have secured with silicone and a plastic board that I purchased at Reno Depot as well.

There you have it folks. With a set up like this, you are able to safely paint and prime your kits during those harsh Canadian winter months. No more excuses!

See you guys in the next article!

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